The “Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge” has said goodbye to its long-time head curator Renate Flagmeier in retirement with the new year. According to a statement by the archive, the art historian has shaped the institution on product and industrial culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, which has existed for almost 50 years, for over 30 years and has led it since 2007 “with great commitment and museologically reflective passion”. Since the first major collection presentation “Untitled. Saving under. Unstable exhibition of the Werkbundarchiv’s holdings” at the end of the 1990s, Renate Flagmeier has “linked fundamental questions of Werkbund programme and modern design with economic and socio-political aspects of an everyday culture shaped by commodity production”. This was followed by the re-staging of the collection in 2007 in Oranienstraße under the title “Kampf der Dinge” (Battle of Things) and various special exhibitions such as “Made in Germany – Politik mit Dingen. The German Werkbund 1914” and most recently “Ordering Things”.
Renate Flagmeier’s successor as museum director is Florentine Nadolni. The cultural scientist and sociologist has headed the Brandenburg “Museum Utopia and Everyday Life” in recent years and has shaped extensive strategic, communicative and spatial transformation processes. As curator of the exhibitions “Forming Everyday Life! Bauhaus Modernism in the GDR” and “Without End Beginning. On the Transformation of the Socialist City”, Nadolni brings a thematic focus on GDR design and architecture to the house. One thing is certain: 2023 will be a year of change for the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge. Due to the cancellation of the museum rooms in Berlin’s Oranienstraße at short notice by the private property owner, an interim location must be found – together with the academic co-director Imke Volkers, the team and the board of the museum, which is supported by an association.
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